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Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. “News for working people, by working people.” Our program covers issues in the labor movement locally, nationally, and internationally. The program also addresses issues of concern to working people such as housing, education, health care, immigrants rights, the environment and U.S. foreign policy, from a working class viewpoint. Labor Express Radio airs Sunday nights at 8:00 PM  (CST) and Monday mornings at 11:00 AM (CST) on Lumpenradio, WLPN, 105.5 FM in Chicago. The program is streamed live at lumpenradio.com. More information about the program can be found at facebook.laborexpress.org

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May 12, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 5-12-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On the last episode of Labor Express Radio, I predicted that May Day 2019 might turn out to be the most exciting May Day in Chicago since the mega-marches of 2006.  And that prediction turned out to be accurate. As forecast, 5 charter schools went out on strike that day across the city. They were joined by the clerical workers at the Chicago City Colleges, members of the Federation of College Clerical and Technical...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, charter schools, Chicago Teachers Union
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Apr 28, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 4-28-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Mayday is just a few days away and this looking to be a particularly exciting May Day in Chicago.  Not because there are any mega-marches planned on the scale of those we saw back in 2006 and 2007. No, march and rally planning this year seems to be pretty small scale, even compared to recent years.  But this May Day we celebrate a 6 member socialist caucus in the Chicago City Council which begins its term in office later...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, UIC GEO, University of Illinois Chicago, Graduate...
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Apr 7, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 4-7-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) strike enters its second month with negotiations over a new contract at an impasse.  The musicians union is doing what it can, however, to make the best of a bad situation by providing free concerts to Chicagoans across the city. It is a way for the union to thank Chicago residents for their continued solidarity while also reaching working-class...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO, musicians, UIC...
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Apr 2, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) strike drags on, entering its 4th week last Sunday (March 31st).  All regularly scheduled concerts have been canceled through April 9th as negotiations seem to be at an impasse.  It is a difficult situation for the CSO musicians whose livelihoods are on the line, but they have been making the best of a bad situation, bringing free music to hundreds of Chicagoans across the city.  For the past couple weeks, the musicians have been organizing and performing...
Topics: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO, strike, worker, justice, union, Chicago
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Mar 24, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-24-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) goes on strike!  The CSO is the most well-attended classical music venue in Chicago and performs more concerts than any symphony orchestra in the United States, and the third most in the world. The CSO Board of Trustees spends nearly two-thirds of their revenues on the building and non-Orchestra employees and allocates little more than 1/3 of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, teachers, schools, ChiArts, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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Mar 18, 2019 Marnie Goodfriend
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Labor Express Radio reporter Marnie Goodfriend reports on the CSO Musicians Strike... Today, March 18th, 2019, the strike by the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians (CFM), American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 10-208, enters its second week.   The CSO is the most well-attended classical music venue in Chicago and performs more concerts than any symphony orchestra in the United States, and third most in the world. The CSO Board...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Federation of...
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Mar 3, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-3-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, I rebroadcast an interview with economist Dr. Jack Rasmus I originally broadcast on the Oct. 7th, 2018 episode of Labor Express.  The interview discusses the concept of Universal Basic Income or UBI. The idea of providing every citizen a subsistence income not tied to work. The reason I have chosen to rebroadcast the interview tonight is that in early February, The Chicago Resilient...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, teachers, schools, Oakland, California, Universal Basic...
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Feb 17, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 2-17-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, Chicago teachers keep making history!   Last December we reported on the first ever strike by charter school teachers anywhere at the Acero charter school network.  That strike, lasting less than a week achieved major gains for teachers and students alike including reduced class sizes, better, more equitable pay, better resources for special education students and sanctuary...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, teachers, schools, public education, privatization,...
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Feb 3, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 2-3-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. LA teachers win a historic victory after 6 days on strike! As we reported on our last episode, on January 14th UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles) launched the first strike by LA teachers in 30 years. It was a bold move forced upon the union by 21 months of fruitless negotiations with LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District).  Once again, public school teachers proved to the nation that strikes can win and that the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, LA, teachers, California, schools, public...
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Jan 22, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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Los Angeles 5th grade teacher Charles Stam talks about the successful 6 day strike by LA teachers, members of UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles).  The interview took place on the 6th and final day of the strike at a massive rally in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. Charles discusses a number of things including the widespread public support for the strike and the importance of the strike to the nationwide effort to defend public education against funding cuts, disinvestment and...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, LA, teachers, California, schools, public...
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Jan 22, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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On Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019, UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles) leadership announced that UTLA and LAUSD had reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for UTLA’s 33,000 members.  The announcement came on the 6th day of a strike that had caught the attention of the nation. Though the majority of Los Angeles teachers voted in favor of the new tentative agreement between UTLA and LAUSD, there was a vocal minority who were disappointed with the limited gains in the TA.  Their voice...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, LA, teachers, California, schools, public...
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Jan 22, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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On Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019, UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles) leadership announced that UTLA and LAUSD had reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for UTLA’s 33,000 members.  The announcement came on the 6th day of a strike that had caught the attention of the nation. There is widespread agreement among UTLA members and their supporters that the strike was a tremendous success in regards to the overall fight to defend public education not only in Los Angeles and not only in...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, LA, teachers, California, schools, public...
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Jan 20, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 1-20-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, LA teachers go on strike!  On Monday, Jan. 14th, after 21 months of fruitless negotiations, teachers in the 2nd largest school district in the nation have had enough.  They have taken to the streets in what is by anyone's estimation one of the most lively, boisterous, and determined labor actions by a union in recent U.S. labor history.  At recent rallies in LA crowd numbers have...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, LA, teachers, California, schools, public...
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Jan 6, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 1-6-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight’s episode of Labor Express, the first of 2019, is a sort of look back at a few of the highlights of the year just passed.  As well as a possible preview of coming attractions for the new year. First we have have audio from a newly released Labor Beat TV video of a informational picket by airport workers in Chicago who work for Envoy, formerly known as American Eagle.  These members of the Communication Workers of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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Dec 16, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 12-16-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express charter school teachers in Chicago win a historic victory.  When charter school’s, a form of public school privatization, became a thing roughly two decades ago, it was rather blatantly used as a tool to try to bust teacher unions.  Chicago under Daley and then Rahm, embraced charter schools, opening dozens in a short time and leading the nation in this particular privatization...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, charter schools, Acero, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU,...
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Dec 2, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 12-2-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express we hear from workers at the only hotel in Chicago still out on strike.  UNITE-HERE Local 1 has signed contracts with over 26 hotels in the past couple months, but the Cambria Hotel in Downtown Chicago is still refusing to agree to a fair contract.  Instead, unlike all the other Chicago area hotels, the Cambria is looking to increase the workload for housekeepers. Also, as 2018 nears...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, MeToo, women, sexual harassment, McDonalds, Cambria Hotel,...
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Nov 24, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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Cambria hotel workers still on strike after nearly 11 weeks: On Labor Express Radio we have been reporting on both the Chicago hotel strike and the nationwide Marriott Hotels strikes since they were launched last September.  The good news so far is that all but one of the Chicago hotel strikes has ended with new contracts that meet the union’s key demands. Likewise, the Marriott Hotel strikes in Boston, San Jose and Oakland have ended with contact gains as well.  However, strikes are still...
Topics: Chicago, workers, labor, justice, union, strike, UNITE-HERE, hotel, Cambria, Marnie Goodfriend
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Nov 11, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 11-11-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. At the end of every episode of Labor Express Radio I refer to Chicago as the world capital of the labor movement.  The statement is of course hyperbole, generated out of a deep sense of Chicago pride. In reality of course the labor movement has no real capital, no real center, it is international and the frontlines of its battles are always shifting.  But there is a kernel of truth to my exaggeration in that Chicago has,...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, IG Metall, Germany, 8 hour day, working day, hours of...
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Oct 21, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-21-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight's program is a rare live in-studio episode, featuring an interview with Joe Allen, author of The Package King: A Rank and File History of United Parcel Service .  I discuss with Joe the recent betrayal of the Teamsters members who work for UPS by the Hoffa leadership.  The Teamsters have been in negotiations with UPS over a new 5 year contract for the past several months. UPS is demanding major concessions,...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Teamsters, UPS, logistics, Joe Allen
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Oct 7, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-7-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program I will air an interview I conducted by phone last June with economist Dr. Jack Rasmus about the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI).  Dr. Rasmus and I discuss why there has been a great deal of discussion of this idea as of late and particularly why it seems popular with billionaire CEOs in the tech world and other new emerging industries in our economy.  Is UBI an answer to the rise of automation...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, universal basic income, UBI, automation, Jack Rasmus
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Sep 16, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 9-16-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express we hear from hotel workers, members of UNITE-HERE Local 1, who are on strike across Chicago at the moment.  On September 7th, a week after the expiration of the union’s contracts at dozens of Chicago area hotels, UNITE-HERE launched a strike that affects some 26 hotels in the city and involves some 6,000 workers.  It is I believe the largest strike in Chicago, since the teachers strike in...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, UNITE-HERE, hotel workers
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Jul 22, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 7-22-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s program I discuss the recent historic elections in Mexico with Alan Benjamin of the San Francisco Labor Council who is also very active with unions and workers organizations in Mexico.  The election of the leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador by the widest margin of any presidential candidate in Mexico’s recent political history could have tremendous implications for the working people of Mexico...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Mexico, AMLO, Gary, airport, deportations, immigrants
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Jul 8, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 7-8-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio includes updates on a couple issues we have been covering on the program over the past couple months. First, on June 27th the U.S. Supreme Court finally announced their decision in the Janus Case and as we all expected the decision eliminated the ability of public sector unions to collect fair share fees from the workers they represent.  It is a devastating blow to the labor...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, separation of families, Trump, migrants,...
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Jun 24, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 6-24-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Here on Labor Express we understand that immigrant rights are workers rights and vice versa.  It's impossible to defend workers rights, organize, and advance a working class agenda while a major component of the working class, immigrants, fear for their most basic security, for their very lives and that of their families.  Just as the advance of organized labor in our country in the 19th century absolutely required the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, separation of families, Trump, migrants,...
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Jun 10, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 6-10-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Over a month ago on this program I had to announce the sad news of the passing Labor Beat TV co-founder and chief producer Larry Duncan.  At the time I mentioned that I would have more to say on this on upcoming episodes of Labor Express. Well, tonight I want to let all of our listeners know that a memorial service has been organized to celebrate Larry’s life and legacy on August 4th at the new Chicago Teachers Union Hall...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Larry Duncan, Labor Beat TV, Wayne Heimbach, media
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May 27, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 5-27-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program, Arise Chicago Workers Center has been pushing the Chicago City Council to create an Office of Labor Standards, and now it looks like the likelihood of this becoming a reality is very good as 70% of the City Council has endorsed the proposal.  If an Office of Labor Standards is created, it will improve enforcement of all the other pro-worker ordinances Arise convinced the council to pass in recent...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Arise Chicago, workers centers, ChiActs, CTU-Acts,...
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May 6, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 5-6-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. I hope all of our listeners had a celebratory and energizing May Day this year.  We are going to need that renewed energy as the working class is facing some very difficult battles on the horizon.  Today’s program being the first since this years May Day which was of course last Tuesday, we will feature audio captured from around the country on May 1st.  Like the weather and unlike the time clock we will start once again...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, May Day, May 1st, International...
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Apr 22, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 4-22-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. April 6th through the 8th, Chicago hosted the 2018 Labor Notes conference.  Labor Notes is a media and organizing project and a network of rank-and-file union members, local union leaders, and labor activists that has been fighting to put the movement back in the labor movement since 1979.  The Labor Notes conference held every two years is the premier event for labor movement activists from around the country to come...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, West Virginia, schools, teachers, CTU, Chicago Teachers...
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Apr 8, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 4-8-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On the last episode of Labor Express you heard from West Virginia elementary school math teacher Olivia Morris about the recent historic, successful and inspirational West Virginia teachers strike. A rank-and-file lead, technically illegal state wide strike that resulted in the seemingly impossible - a 5% wage increase for all state employees, was a clear demonstration of working class power and the ability to fight back and...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, West Virginia, schools, teachers, CTU, Chicago Teachers...
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Mar 25, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-25-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On the last several programs of Labor Express Radio, I have spent much of the episode discussing the likely outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees.  Most observers expect the conservative leaning court will agree with Janus and his corporate supporters and eliminate the ability of public sector unions to collect what are called agency fees or fair share...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, West Virginia, schools, teachers, CTU, Chicago Teachers...
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Mar 9, 2018 Dale Lehman & Jerry Mead-Lucero
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West Virginia elementary school math teacher Olivia Morris, talks to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) about the historic West Virginia state-wide, rank-and-file organized, teachers strike of March 2018 which defied the state’s regressive labor laws and won all state employees a 5% wage increase.  CTU Political and Legislative Director Stacy Davis Gates interviewed Morris at a CTU event on March 9th.
Topics: workers, labor, justice, union, teachers, Chicago, West Virginia, strike, wages, public sector,...
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Feb 25, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 2-25-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express as promised, we continue our look at the likely challenges, obstacles and opportunities for the U.S, Labor Movement in the coming year.  2018 will likely be another very difficult year for the U.S. working class so I have reached out to a few long time friends of Labor Express to discuss what we are facing in the next 11 months and beyond.   In the second half of the program, we will...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, economy, unemployment, NAFTA, Honduras, schools, teachers,...
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Feb 11, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 2-11-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight’s episode of Labor Express will be the first of several programs looking at the likely challenges, obstacles and opportunities for the U.S, Labor Movement in the coming year.  2018 will likely be another very difficult year for the U.S. working class so I have reached out to a few long time friends of Labor Express to discuss what we are facing in the next 11 months and beyond. We start that discussion with Alan...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, NAFTA, Honduras, schools, teachers, CTU, Chicago Teachers...
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Jan 28, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 1-28-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Saturday the 20th, marked the 1st year anniversary for the Trump administration.  It also marked the anniversary of the 2017 Women’s march, one of the largest social movement protest events ever organized in our nation’s history.  Once again this year on Jan. 20th, women and their allies marched and rallied across the country and made clear that their movement was not just a one time event.  Indeed the renaissance of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, women, feminism, CIW, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
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Jan 14, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 1-14-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Happy New Year to all our listeners.  As this is the first Labor Express episode of 2018, I thought I would devote the program too a look back at our coverage of the labor movement during the past year.  2017 was a year of transition for Labor Express.  It was our first year full year broadcasting from our new home at WLPN, Lumpen Radio, based in Chicago’s southside neighborhood of Bridgeport.  Which has turned out to...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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Dec 31, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 12-31-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program I will air more audio from Binational Conference on Culture, Language, and Work in the Era of the North American Free Trade Agreement.  This time we will hear more specifically about how NAFTA has harmed working people in both the U.S. and Mexico. And later in the program we will hear from transit workers in Chicago who were fired by the CTA after they were assaulted by bus passengers. Labor Express...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, NAFTA
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Nov 26, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 11-26-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. I must make an apology.  On our last program I said I would include in tonight’s episode coverage of the Los Angeles and Long Beach Port Clean Air Action Plan and the important and exciting organizing going on in the Port of Los Angeles by both labor and environmental justice activists.  Unfortunately we will need to wait until the next program in two weeks for that.  But I will have some discussion of the importance...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, UAW Local 551, UAW, National Workers Conference,...
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Nov 5, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 11-5-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, graduate student teaching and research assistants at the University of Chicago have won their union election.  We will hear from some of the graduate employees as to why they chose to organize. And in the second half of tonight’s program, we will hear about how unions and environmentalists are coming together in Southern California to demand environmental and economic justice for...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, U of C, graduate students, GSU, environmental justice, Los...
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Oct 15, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-15-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, members of Chicago’s Puerto Rican diaspora speak out about conditions on the Island and the Trump administration's role in making matters worse in the wake of two devastating hurricanes. Following that I will bring you audio from the National Workers Conference entitled Organizing Labor Fight Back & Building A Solidarity Network, which was hosted by UAW Local 551, October...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, CTA, transit, UAW, Puerto Rico, National Workers...
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Oct 12, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 12-10-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program I bring audio from the Binational Conference on Culture, Language, and Work in the Era of the North American Free Trade Agreement also referred to as the Bi-National Conference against NAFTA, though that was far from the only topic discussed at the conference.  In particular we will hear from two icons of the U.S. labor movement. From the two most important farm worker organizations in the country....
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, farm workers, farm labor, UFW, FLOC, Mexico, Mexican,...
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Oct 1, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-1-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's episode of Labor Express Radio, the Chicago Teachers Union and its allies try to deliver a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and are rebuffed.  Chicago anti-racism activists call on the city to dismantle monuments to fascism in Chicago.  And Chicago Mechanics sign a new contract with Chicago auto dealerships after significant concessions from the dealership owners. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Betsy Devos, Education, teachers, schools, fascists,...
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Sep 10, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 9-10-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This is our post Labor Day special and we will bring the voices of workers who rallied this past Monday - Labor Day.  Regular Labor Express Radio listeners undoubtedly know the real labor day is May 1st, International Workers Day.  But since the 1890’s here in the U.S. Labor Day has been celebrated in September.  It was a move meant to de-radicalize the holiday and it has largely worked.  Most associate Labor Day more...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Day, Illinois, Bruce Rauner
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Aug 27, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 8-27-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express we air and interview with Will Griffin of the organization Veterans For Peace who recently spoke at the Veterans For Peace National Convention in Chicago a couple weeks ago about the growing tensions and possibility of war with North Korea.  Griffin offers a perspective on the conflict we rarely hear in the U.S. mainstream press. And in the second half of tonight’s program, as movie...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Korea, war, peace, race, Detroit
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Aug 13, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 8-13-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express we look at the reasons the members of the Automobile Mechanics' Union Local 701 are currently on strike across the Chicago area.   We will also look at a new phase emerging in the fight against gentrification in the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side.  Gentrification pressures have dramatically increased in the last few years as property values are once again on the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, auto, mechanics, immigrant, pilsen, UAW
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Jul 2, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 7-2-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.   On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear about a preliminary strike vote held by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 308 which represents workers on Chicago’s El Trains.  We have been talking about the increasing militancy demonstrated by the ATU locals as they continue to work without a contract since 2015.  This move is the latest and perhaps most significant development in that struggle.  If a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, teachers, CTA, transit, Oak Park, Minimum Wage, Cook County
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May 18, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 5-21-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. We have spent a lot of time in the past year or more focused on the struggles of teachers here on Labor Express.  So much so, that I can imagine some listeners might feel it has been overkill.  But the truth is that teachers and their unions have been at the lead of so many of the major labor battles in our city in recent years.  And this past month has been no exception.  So once again, we will hear from teachers...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, teachers, CTU, special education, Sarah Chambers, CTA,...
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May 6, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 5-7-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. I hope everyone enjoyed their May Day this year.  Given President Trump’s attacks on both immigrants and workers, the worst we have seen in decades, many, including myself, had high hopes that May Day 2017 would be historic in terms of turnout.  A couple months back I thought perhaps we would see the return of the size of marches we saw back in 2006.  That did not come to pass.  But May Day 2017 may still turn out to be...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, Los Angeles, May Day, UFCW, UNITE-HERE,...
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Apr 16, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 4-16-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Did you file your taxes?  Yesterday, April 15th was of course tax day, the day by which all residents working in the U.S. are legally obligated to submit their annual tax returns.  Though the IRS is giving people until Tuesday the 18th to file this year as the 15th was a Saturday and Monday is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in D.C.  A holiday commemorating Lincoln’s 1862 emancipation of slaves in the capital prior to...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, migrants, taxes
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Apr 16, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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Alianza Americas Executive Director Oscar Chacon discusses the contributions immigrants make to the economy through their tax contributions.
Topics: immigrants, Latinos, migrants, taxes
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Mar 26, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-26-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express yet another charter school network is being organized by ChiActs, the union representing teachers at Chicago’s charter schools.  We have reported in our last few programs on the contract victories at the ASPIRA and UCSN networks.  Now teachers at the Noble network, one of the largest networks of charter schools in the city, have gone public with their effort to organize at Noble....
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Noble, charter schools
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Mar 12, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-12-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On the week's episode of Labor Express Radio we a variety of topics to address. First, we will hear about how working women celebrated International Women’s Day, March 8th, here in Chicago and around the nation. Later in the program, the teachers at the ASPIRA Charter School network on Chicago’s northside may have finally won a new contract.  The union had set a strike date for Friday March 17th if management continued...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, women, ATU, transit workers, ASPIRA, charter schools,...
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Feb 26, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 2-26-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this week's episode of Labor Express Radio we take a look a two potentially exciting developments on the local labor scene here in Chicago. First, the teachers at the ASPIRA Charter School network on Chicago’s northside have voted overwhelming to strike.  Of course strikes are always tough on workers and in the case of schools difficult for the students and families affected as well.  But the overwhelming support for...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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Feb 12, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 2-12-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we remember the life and work of a local labor movement legend.  Frank Rosen, was President of District 11 of the UE, headquartered here in Chicago, from 1976 until his retirement in 1990.  Frank continued to be a leader in local social movements well after his retirement.  Frank’s approach to social unionism which combined militant, progressive organizing with community...
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Jan 29, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 1-29-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we will hear about one of Chicago’s unionized charter school’s, Instituto Justice Leadership Academy, where teachers and students are engaged in a struggle to prevent layoffs and preserve the school’s mission as a student centered, social justice orientated school. We will also hear about the struggle of transit workers in Chicago to win a fair contract, whose fight seems to be...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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Jan 8, 2017 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 1-8-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Happy New Year to all of our listeners.  This is the first new episode of Labor Express for 2017.  As the majority of working people in this country are trying to come to grips with the potentially dark future of a new year in which the incoming Trump administration is in power.  Some are organizing to fight back.  The end of 2016 saw a host of actions by unions and other working class organizations to challenge the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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Dec 11, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 12-11-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On our last episode of Labor Express Radio, we took a look at the 2016 Presidential election and what the result means for the U.S. working class.  But we have been following two elections over the last few months.  The other is the 2016 Teamsters Union national leadership elections and on tonight’s program we have author, journalist and labor activist Joe Allen back to discuss the outcome of that election.  The ballot...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Teamsters
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Nov 20, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 11-20-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express we take a look at the presidential election and ask what happened, why and what can we expect in regards to the impact on working people in the next 4 years.  While much of the mainstream press is rightly lamenting the level of racism, sexism and xenophobia in this country that was revealed by Trump’s victory, few media outlets have focused on a class perspective and analysis of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Donald Trump, election, Hillary Clinton, Jack Rasmus
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Oct 30, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-30-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Since our last program aired two weeks ago, two strikes have been averted, and another launched.  On our last program we discussed that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) was reviewing the final contract offer made by the Chicago Board of Education in precisely the 11th hour, the night before a strike was set to start.  The Union’s House of Delegates, which includes hundreds of representatives from the over 600 schools in...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, strike, public education,...
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Oct 15, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-16-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Teachers with the UNO Charter School Network, also known as UCSN, a network of 15 elementary and high schools in Chicago, with a combined student body of 8,000, could go on strike as early as next Wednesday, if a breakthrough in negotiations can’t be achieved.  The teachers at UNO are represented by ACTS Chicago, the union for charter school teachers in Chicago, which has made great strides organizing charter schools...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, strike, public education,...
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Oct 10, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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Interview with labor activist, writer and former Teamster Joe Allen, author of The Package King: A Rank and File History of United Parcel Service , about the current elections for national leadership of the Teamsters union.  The 2016 Teamster elections could significantly impact not only the direction of the Teamsters themselves, but the entire U.S. labor movement.  As Joe explains at a time in which the organization of labor in the logistics sector is vital to advances for the U.S. working...
Topics: Teamsters, union, elections, labor
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Sep 18, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 9-18-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, two major events are fast approaching.  This first is the likelihood of a Chicago Teachers Strike sometime in the next couple months.  We will hear from CTU organizing director Norine Gutekanst about why a strike might be necessary and how the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is preparing its members for a strike, including participating in a national day of action in defense of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, strike, public education,...
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Aug 28, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 8-28-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, as the Summer comes to an end and thousands of students and teachers ready themselves for a return to the classroom in the coming weeks, the likelihood of a teachers strike seems increasingly likely.  The Chicago teachers union or CTU house of delegates is set to meet on September 7th to discuss this possibility.  A day after students return to school.  But a strike will not...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, Mexico
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Aug 12, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 8-14-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, as the world turns it attention to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero Brazil, we take a look at recent political developments in that nation and the working class efforts to fight back against a right turn in Brazil and across the continent. When the Workers Party or PT won the parliamentary elections in Brazil in 2002, Brazil was at the lead of what would become a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Brazil, Worker's Party, PT, impeachment, Luiz Inácio Lula...
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Jul 1, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 7-3-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio will be devoted to an interview by phone with economist, Dr. Jack Rasmus, a professor of economics and politics at St. Mary’s College in California, and author of numerous books, the latest of which is entitled, Systemic Fragility' in the Global Economy , he is also a regular contributor to several magazines, journals and online news sources.  One of his most recent articles for...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Brexit, Jack Rasmus, economics, neoliberalism, elections,...
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Jun 19, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is a segment of the 6-19-2016 Labor Express Radio program that covered the situation at CAN-TV. The full program can be found here... https://archive.org/details/LaborExpressFor6-19-2016 "...And lastly, we will return to a story we did cover briefly almost a year ago.  The workers for CAN-TV in Chicago, are still negotiating their first contract, after their union was recognized by management last August.  Negotiations have largely stalled for months and now at least one of the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, CAN-TV
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Jun 19, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 6-19-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio will take a look at three local labor struggles we have not had a chance to cover much here on Labor Express yet. First we will turn our attention to an ongoing labor battle in Chicago that has already received some national attention, even becoming a topic in this year's presidential campaigns.  Nabisco is perhaps one of the country's most iconic brands.  The makers of such...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Nabisco, Old Country Buffet, CAN-TV
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Jun 5, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 6-5-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio will be devoted entirely to a conversation I had earlier today with long time labor activist, author and fellow Pilsen resident Joe Allen.  Joe’s most recent book, The Package King: A Rank and File History of United Parcel Service, is a look at the history of one of America’s most well known companies from the pointview of it workers.  The book is curently available as an ebook...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Joe Allen, UPS, Teamsters
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May 15, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 5-15-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On our last episode of Labor Express Radio I brought you a special May Day edition complete with some May Day music.  What I was not able to bring you that day however was audio from the actually May Day march in Chicago as it was wrapping up shortly before our program aired.  So I will make up for that tonight.  On tonight’s program I will bring you the voices of those that participated in the 2016 May Day celebration...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, May Day
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May 1, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 5-1-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Happy May Day to all our listeners!  It is exciting to be able to air an episode of Labor Express Radio on International Workers Day!  Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of doing so is that it limits my ability to report to you all on the events of May Day this year.  I have just returned from the May Day march and do not have time to prepare audio from today’s events, that will unfortunately have to wait until the next...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Notes, Eli Green, Steelworkers, Chicago Teachers...
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Apr 16, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 4-17-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio I bring you audio from the 2016 Labor Notes conference.  Labor Notes is a number of things.  It is a monthly magazine that highlights the most progressive, the most militant efforts underway today to rebuild and revitalize the labor movement in this country.  It is also an organization that builds networks of like minded labor activists and militants around the country and...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Notes, teachers, UTLA, United Teachers of Los...
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Apr 3, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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Mar 20, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-20-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. April is looking to be an exciting month for the labor movement in Chicago.  The month will kick off with a series of public actions and perhaps a one day strike on April 1st, lead by the Chicago Teachers Union and over a dozen other local unions against both the Chicago Board of Education and Governor Bruce Rauner’s attacks on public education and the public sector more broadly.  The actions planned for that day are...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, Labor Notes
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Mar 6, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-6-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, we turn to an issue I have been anxious to address on Labor Express for some time.  The on-going crisis in Flint michigan in which thousands of residents have been poisoned with lead from contaminated water is one of the most striking and historic examples of environmental injustice.  It is a condemnation of the emergency manager system in Michigan, the current manifestation of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Flint, Michigan, Belt Magazine, PERRO, LVEJO,...
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Feb 21, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 2-21-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, we turn again to fights in the public sector in Chicago.  We will discuss once again the on going battle over public education in Chicago, which continues to be the leading battle over privatization and living standards for the working class in Chicago.  We will hear more about Bank of America’s role in the CPS budget shortfall which is now being used as a rationale for a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, public schools, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Board of...
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Feb 6, 2016 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 2-7-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Struggles around public education continue to dominate the labor news scene in Chicago, and on tonight’s program we’ll hear about several developments in this area. First, on Monday the Chicago Teachers Union rejected the latest contract offer from the Chicago Board of Education.  Making the possibility of a strike very likely.  The contract offer from the board which demands serious concessions from the teachers comes...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, public schools, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Board of...